Brewed by Bavik-De Brabandere
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Harelbeke, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 1437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Aged? Many beers have a long maturation, but this one has only 24-36 months in oak barrels. Pale? This beer has an old gold to bronze color, rather than the burgundy more common in the breweries of West Flanders. This is the ‘mother beer,’ used in various quantities to blend with the other Petrus beers, and to give them their unique and very distinctive taste. This mother beer is rather sour with a bite like the best Brut Champagnes. A connoisseur’s delight! The only one of its kind on the U.S. market.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2009
[BB 10.18.07 I assume thats bottling not best by] Rating 990.. officially kicking off my countdown to beer godliness. Pours a clear glowing golden slight amber with a a large frothy off-white foam, gorgeous 4.5. Strong wild yeast funky acidic aroma, lactic and brett notes, slight cheese and woodiness. The aroma and appearance are misleading as this is quite sweet and tangy like Flemmish Red. Sweet candy-like woody slightly cheesy first taste, with tangy lactic acid quickly following. Just a touch medicinal in the finish. Fruity, a mix of lemons, cherries and apples, maybe some prickly-pear. Leaves a nice candy tart sweetness on the lips and gums. Flavor 7.5. Very drinkable for a sour, has enough sweetness as to not be offensive. Nice long lasting woodiness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, softer crisp fine carbonation, clean and not sticky.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (2000) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2009
Poured into a Petrus tall goblet and the Aged Pale had the color of lemonade. Crisp aftertaste with plenty of sourness with flavors of chocolate, roast, bread and a little woodiness for good measure. I also caught the sour-apple flavor that other ratings were finding with this Sour Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 31, 2009
330ml brown bottle. Golden pour, big white foamy head. Lots of sticky lace. Aroma initially presents a sour note, deeper sniffing revels some woody notes. Flavour is dry malt, has a lemony sour tinge throughout, tangy, wood/oaky. Dry and tangy finish. Strong carbonation, medium body. Refreshing, very drinkable, solid sour ale. I wasn’t expecting much but this is definately the best offering from the Petrus range.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2009
(Sample Date: 1/1/2009 Source:Mekong) Light oak and malt notes in the aroma. Mostly clear light golden brown with fine white head. Flavor is slightly sour with oak woodiness. Finish is quite dry, fizzy ,and lightly sour with a touch of woody astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2009
11.2oz bottle. Pours a deep dark slightly hazy golden color with a small off white head that forms a ring around the edge of my glass. This one has a lemony tart barnyard funky nose. Hint of oak and lactic acid. Taste is a bit sharp at first with vinegar notes that mellows into tart apple notes and oak. Nice sour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike_77 (5406) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2011 There’s a certain sweaty, mustiness in the aroma. Some very raw, bready yeasts dominate. Flavour has a complex sourness. First some apple, cider like sharpness at first then becomes much more sour as the flavour develops. Reminds me a little of oak aged scrumpy. As the chill is lost from the beer the final acidic kick seems to tone down a bit which makes it more palatable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2009
2009-03-02. Crisp golden yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of light alcohol, biscuity pale malts, light musty notes, touch of fruit. Flavour is on the sour side, mild fruit, notes of tart green apple, pale malt base. Average palate is smooth and light on the tongue. Interesting. Refreshing. Not sure if it started out this sour but it is not unpleasant. Bottle from Bier Tempel, Brugges, with some age on it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2009
bottle thanks to mar.... Pours pale yellow, thinnish, fizzy head. Aroma of dried spice, cumin? sour apple. Flavor was nice sour/grape flavor, cidery, with wood finish. Mouthfeel is thinnish but smooth. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (10138) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle: Almost clear, pale golden with a small, persistent off-white foamy layer; dry woody-vinous nose, lactic acid and green apples detectable; solid sour flavour - with a little sweetness, medium bodied; lingering sour finish with wood and green apples in the aftertaste. Fine, fine brew..........

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoritzF (9423) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2009
(33cl bottle, bought in Grobbendonk) Slightly hazy, pale golden colour with a medium-sized foamy white head. Sour woody and oaky aroma with sweet notes of vanilla and a spicy, slightly mouldy touch of brett. Sour flavour, medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Acidic citrus- and apple-fruity taste with oak and vanilla. Dry and astringently tart and citrus-fruity finish with an oaky vinegar-like aftertaste. A very flavourful experience (01.III.09).

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